Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus

PRACTICAL SESSIONS (110 hours)

Technique, teaching, method, application, contraindication and benefits of:

Sookshma vyaayaam (Basic & Preparatory movements) – basic and preparatory movements to warm up the body, muscles and align the joints, are taught in the program. These movements helps to achieve the full Range of Motion for the joints, prevent injuries during difficult yoga poses and developing the body awareness.

Asana – Yoga teacher training program includes about 70 different yoga poses starting with poses for beginners, intermediate & advanced level with demonstration, indication, contraindications, alignment adjustments and modulations with more than 100 direct contact hours with the teacher.

Pranayama- Concepts and practices of Pranayama including different breathing exercises (Shwas kiryas mentioned in Hatha yoga & kumbhak (breath retention) with indications and contraindications. Technique, teaching, method, application, contraindication and benefits.

Shatkarma (Cleansing Process)- The six yogic cleansing techniques for purifying the tissues and organ systems while bringing a harmony in their functioning in the most simple and natural manner. Shatkarmas are practised 4 times a week integrated with the daily practice of Asanas and Pranayam.


YOGA PHILOSOPHY (30 hours)

  • Introduction, Origin and History of Yoga
  • Philosophy of Yoga: Principles of Purification, Relaxation and Harmonization.
  • Panch Koshas: The five sheaths of existence
  1. Annamaya kosha and the organs of actions
  2. Pranmaya Kosha and Pranic classification; Shat chakra samanvaya (six vortices of energy), Nadis (circuitary of pran), Kundalini (the store house of universal potential), Granthis (complexes).
  3. Manomaya Kosha and organs of senses.
  4. Vigyaan maya kosha and the subconscious states; Samskaar and Birth.
  5. Anandamaya kosha and the supra consciousness; the states of Samadhi and pure awareness.
  • Yoga as an Evolutionary Science.
  • Consciousness and Yoga
  • Elements of Universe: The process of evolution according to Samkhya Darshan
  • Raj Yoga (Yogic psychology)
  • Antahkaran (the mind stuff)
  • Chitta and its patterns (vrritis)
  • Panch Kleshas (five sources of pain)
  • Gunas; Prakash, Kriya, Sthiti (characteristics of mind)
  • Prakriti and Purusha (the observer and observed)
  • Process of involution for evolution
  • Controlling the mind
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Eight stages of self balancing and realization
  1. Yama: Social codes of conduct
  2. Niyama: Moral codes of conduct
  3. Asana: Posture
  4. Pranayama: Breath control
  5. Pratyahar: Sensory withdrawl and relexation of mind.
  6. Dharna: Channelising the mind and gaining stability
  7. Dhyaan: Meditation
  8. Samaadhi: Attainment of Ananda.
  • Hatha Yoga Pradeepika: A comprehensive encyclopedia of Hatha Yoga.
  • Mantra Yoga: Tools for freedom and perfection
  • Bhagwad Geeta: Exploring the dynamics of Psyche.
  • Yogic Lifestyle
  • Innate nature of individuals and classification of Yoga
  • Concepts of Ayurveda
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology and Yoga (24 hours)

TEACHING METHODOLOGY (25 hours)

  • Learning Constructive and effective skills on how to conduct a class, time management, etc
  • Qualities of a yoga teacher and ethical guidelines
  • Suitable Environment for yoga practices
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting, correcting and style of teaching a class
  • Teacher manuals for explanation of principles, methods, advantages of methods
  • Professional and business elements of yoga teaching
  • Students’ process of learning and adaptation
  • Outdoor experiences

TEACHING PRACTICES & EVALUATION (13 hours)

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Practical Hatha yoga sessions twice a day
  • Cleansing processes three times a week
  • Two theoretical sessions a day
  • Karma yoga twice a week
  • Weekly assignments
  • Lesson plans
  • Teaching methodology
  • Weekly assessment and evaluation
  • Final assessment and evaluation

RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR THE COURSE

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha :  Swami Satyanand Saraswati, Yoga Publications Trust BSY.
  • Light on Yoga : B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Light on Pranayama: B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Swar Yoga: Yoga Publications Trust, BSY
  • Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: David H. Coutler