Curriculum
Teacher Training

Curriculum


However rich and plural the approach to both the practice and the teaching of yoga might be, attention to detail, to subtlety, to care, is one of the most important qualities in a contemporary yoga teacher so during this training, the ‘how’ will take as much importance as the ‘what’. Love for the ‘how’ arises only from presence, which is why it is essential that your participation in the training is supported by regular practice.


During this training we will not only study techniques and practices to deal with the three main spheres of human life (body, mind and heart) but also develop tools to be able to express it clearly and teach it at the level in which the student might be. Both content and delivery of our teachings, will be contextualized through a sober analysis of the profession of yoga teaching itself, its lights and shadows, challenges and highlights, which means that the element of relationship to the other will be ever present during this course, especially during the second module.

Module 1

This module will focus on developing depth and sensitivity in your own meditation and asana practice.

Body

Within the realm of asana we will study both Yin and Yang, both movement and stillness. Longer held Yang poses will be used to sculpt the outer support of muscle and stability and the gravity bound counterpart of Yin/restorative practices to gain access to the deeper-seated corners where we habitually store tension, learn how to let go of it and balance our energy. We’ll cover a variety of posture and of ways to approach the movement practice, both for the deepening of your experience but also with a clear view on how to teach it to others.

- Development of internal sensory awareness 1- physical body.
- Understanding ergonomic, therapeutical postural alignment in asana 1.
- Efficiency and texture in movement applied to sun salutations and transitions in Vinyasa practice.
- Pranayama 1 - Breath work in stillness, developing sensitivity and control over of the diaphragmatic movements. Ujjayi breath.
- Pranayama 2 - Breath work in movement, developing the skill to control, direct and align the breath while in motion
- Practical anatomy and physiology 1- functional and structural.

Mind

Meditation is the cornerstone and the essence of a committed yoga practice. With its core elements of focus and awareness it has the potential to unlock and dispel the harsher layers of negativity in our heart and allow us to awaken to a clearer more unbiased view of ourselves and the world.

- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 1: Anapana.
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 2: Vipassana.
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 3: Yoga Nidra.

Heart

The heart practices reveal the innate strength we can find in openness and compassion. Solitary meditation techniques and interpersonal disciplines will be used during the course in order to develop a sense of empathy and compassion towards others and within ourselves. With Dhamma talks and discussions we’ll address the big questions, investigate the psychological and philosophical impact of both yoga and teaching yoga in our life. We’ll look at the roots of tradition, translate and apply them to our 21st century existence

- Basic yogic and Buddhist psychology and philosophy 1 - Traditional principles: Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 4 - Metta & Tonglen, awareness of the essential nature of our heart
- Conversational skills 1 - The art of sharing each others truth compassionately.
- Tactile skills 1 - The art of touching with therapeutic intent from the Hara

Schedule

07.30 Wake up
08.00 Pranayama & Yang Yoga
10.00 Breakfast
11.00 Workshop - Alignment, Bandha, anatomy and physiology
13.00 Lunch
15.00 Dhamma Talk - Psychology, spirituality and relationships
17.00 Meditation & Yin Yoga
19.00 Dinner

In-between Module 1 & 2
To teach yoga involves a solid loving commitment to practice and this commitment will only evolve through time, therefore we have designed our Teacher Training to last a full year. The 2x2 weeks we’ll spend together will provide a solid ground for the training, but the time in between is equally valuable as it will cultivate an independent relationship to the practice.

Module 2

By the time you reach this second module you have been integrating the information from the first one during months. We will continue where we left off in the first module by going deeper and subtler. The positions and exercises examined will imply an increased difficulty and a separate daily class will be dedicated to teaching methodology.

Body

- Development of internal sensory awareness 2 - subtle body.
- Understanding ergonomic, therapeutical postural alignment in asana 2 - working with pain and injuries.
- Efficiency and texture in movement applied to improvisational movement.
- Pranayama 3 - Breath work in stillness, the ability to direct and modify the texture of the breath.
- Pranayama 4 - Uddiyana Bandha, Jalandhara Bandha, Kriyas.
- Pranayama 5 - Breath exercises (Nadi Shodana, Kapalabhati, Kumbaka.)
- Pranayama 6 - Breath work in movement: longer breath cycles during challenging movements and positions.
- Practical anatomy and physiology 2 - Subtle and energetic anatomy.
- Practical anatomy and physiology 3 - Basic understanding of the Meridian System
- How to approach complex asana, progress and regress.

Mind

- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 1.1: Anapana, subtle awareness of breath.
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 2.1: Vipassana, subtle awareness of physical vibrations.
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 3.1: Savasana, contemplation and relationship to our own death.
- Basic Buddhist meditation 5: Introduction to dynamic meditation styles

Heart

- Basic yogic and Buddhist psychology and philosophy 2 - How does the traditional teachings makes sense and how to interpret their application in the 21st century.
- Basic Buddhist meditation techniques 4.1 - Metta & Tonglen in unfavorable conditions.
- Conversational skills 2 - The art of being truthful and vulnerable when suffering.
- Interpersonal meditation 1 - Contact improvisation
- Interpersonal meditation 2 - Basic Shiatsu techniques

Teaching methodology and ethics

- How to construct a flow practice
- How to construct a restorative practice
- How to work with injured and physically challenged students
- How to work with mentally or emotionally unstable students
- Adjustments and hands on assistance
- How to take care of yourself and manage your energy
- Teacher student relationships and boundaries.
- Avoiding spiritual materialism in the teachers practice

Schedule

07.30 Wake up
08.00 Pranayama & Yang Yoga
10.00 Breakfast
11.00 Workshop: Teaching methodology and ethics
13.00 Lunch
15.00 Dhamma Talk: Psychology, spirituality and relationships
17.00 Meditation & Yin Yoga
19.00 Dinner

Although this is an essential part of your training, we know that spending time on your mat & cushion alone can at times make you feel lonely but we are fully committed to you as our TT student and will support you through regular communication and correspondence during this years’ journey.

 

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