The theme of the teacher training is Ashtanga Vinyasa flow. The course is a fusion between the set sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series as derived from the ancient text Yoga Korunta and the creative flows and sequences of 'breath synchronized movement' found in the Vinyasa Flow style of asana practice. Students will be taught the Ashtanga Primary series in order to develop a solid foundation of asana and alignment practice on which to draw from in developing and sequencing a Vinyasa Flow class, where various other asana will also be incorporated. In these styles, asana are practiced in a sequence in a dynamic and flowing style using breath, drishti (gaze) and bandhas (energy locks). By the end of the course students will be able to teach Ashtanga primary series and also create their own Vinyasa Flow sequences. The course leads you through the proper techniques for practicing various yoga postures and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sequences including key alignments, modifications, contraindications and use of basic yoga props as well as hands-on adjustment techniques, teaching methodology and teaching practice.Principles of sequencing will be taught so that students can create a vinyasa flow sequence according to the need of their students or the class. We place a lot of emphasis on learning Sanskrit names of postures to both expand your knowledge and enhance your professionalism as a teacher. Students will also have the benefit of some exposure to other styles of asana practice including Yin, and restorative yoga in order to develop their experience and knowledge of all yoga traditions.
Intensive Study and Practice of Asanas (postures)
There is a two hour asthanga/ Vinyasa Flow /Hatha Practice with sohan every morning, which is assisted by his assistant, so everyone receives a lot of help with their practice. There is also opportunities during the course to work on and receive help with, specific poses of your choice to progress and further your own practice. Afternoon another session of 2 hours Practice/discussion/observation with one on one style.
Alignment and Modification of Poses
During the course we go through all the poses in our Teachers Training Manual and discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. We also will show you how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength.
You will learn about a traditional Yogic Diet, as well as eating a well-balanced and nutritious “sattvic” diet yourself. We pride ourselves in the quality and deliciousness of the organic meals we provide on this course. Get super healthy whilst delighting your palette!
You will learn how to create an effective and intelligent sequence and slowly build your class during the training. By the end of the training you will have sequenced, planned and taught two full classes and have the confidence to go forwards on your own.
There will be a three hour workshop on how to go about finding work as a Yoga Teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions.
optional: sohan also offers two coaching sessions free of charge in the end of 2 months course to help you to become a full-time Yoga teacher.
We will also show you how to make hands on adjustments for every pose we study and you will practice these daily with a partner.