Teacher Training Syllabus
Teaching Technique: Analysis
Asana Breakdown: benefits, alignment, contraindications & modifications
Teaching pranayama & effective breathing techniques
Adjusting students sensitively & appropriately
Mastering the art of modifying poses & using props seamlessly
Teaching asana, pranayama & restorative yoga
Mantra, Meditation, Kriya, Chanting
Teaching Technique: Method & Style
Successful sequencing for inspiring classes
Experimenting with voice, tone & pacing to discover your own style
Group dynamics & how to manage a class
Adapting poses for different groups
Talking to your audience: how to take your students into a deeper experience of yoga
What we learn from different schools of yoga
Anatomy & Physiology
We are fascinated by how the body works & hope to share that enthusiasm with you. We’ll cover human physical anatomy (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous & cardiovascular systems) as well as human movement, the spine & fascia. Everything is taught with yoga in mind. You will learn how to teach in a safe & healthy way; understanding thoroughly the benefits, modifications & contraindications of different poses & yoga practices.
The Subtle Body: Energetic Anatomy
Prana, nadis, chakras, koshas, bandhas & Kundalini & more. Understand each concept & its provenance; learn how to practically apply these ideas to your teaching in a modern way.
Appreciation of subtle anatomy comes along with the deepening of your own practice. We teach from our own experience of subtle anatomy, from our observations of our students & from conscientious study undertaken over many years.
Yoga Philosophy & History
Understand the lineage of yoga teaching from the Vedas, through the Upanishads, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the emergence of Hatha Yoga, Kashmir Shaivism & on into its modern form in the early 20th Century. What is ancient; what is modern? How do we blend the two for successful teaching?
We have a passion for philosophy, let us share it with you.
This part of the course will encourage you to challenge yourself, identify & overcome self-limiting thoughts, build confidence & believe in your ability. Learn how to remove obstacles to self practice (teachers must practice!) & to build honesty, kindness & care into all that you do for yourself & your students.
There is space here for lively discussion around the ethics of yoga teaching, understanding the limitations of our work, when to refer students to medical professionals & healthy student/teacher boundaries.
Practise teaching for different levels of student, for different groups & in different scenarios. Plan & deliver your own classes in your own way. Put into practice what you have learned & be encouraged by your friends on the course to be confident in your own style. Teacher & peer feedback will be kindly given & constructive, useful for your growth as a teacher.
Trainees should have two years’ consistent yoga practice
Trainees must complete a first aid course prior to beginning the course (this is not included in the price of the course)
Trainees must read & submit a 500 word book report on each of the books on the required reading list before the course begins
Trainees must attend 3 yoga classes in different traditions (eg Yin, Iyengar, Astanga) & submit a 500 word report on each class before the course begins