Techniques: we’ll practice and learn to teach foundational to advanced asana, including modifications, variations and use of props. We’ll look into various theories and principles of alignment to help you find ease in your body, recognize discomfort in a student, and be able to guide students towards safe, easeful, and effective asana. We’ll also experience various techniques for pranayama, mantra and meditation – and how to use those techniques intelligently in your practice and your life.
Philosophy: With guidance from Carlos Pomeda, Bess Prescott and Tahl Rinsky, we will dive deep into the history of the Yoga tradition and some of its key texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. What it meant to be a yogi in the past, and what it means today: how to translate ancient principles into modern day life.
Ethics: what it means to live a “yogic” life, today, according to ancient ethical frameworks, and how those frameworks apply to teaching yoga.
Voice: Lulu and Mischka will guide you in exploring voice opening and projection techniques to build confidence when teaching, reading, chanting and speaking from the heart. We’ll dive into mantra – what is it and how can it be used in class – as well as various deities of the yoga tradition, and the chakra system.
Anatomy: with Dana Diament, senior Yoga Medicine teacher and assistant to Tiffany Cruikshank. Understanding anatomy lays the foundation to teaching yoga in a way that is both safe and suitable for various audiences. Our focus is on functional anatomy and its impact on our movement and alignment in the yoga practice. We’ll also look at how to intelligently sequence from an anatomical perspective. The information will be taught in both lecture and asana format giving you the opportunity to embody the information in various ways.
Practice Teaching: you’ll be supported through regular practice teaching sessions (5-7 weekly) to ensure you complete the training competent and confident in delivering full length yoga classes to all levels of students.
Assessment: at the conclusion of the course you will be required to teach a 15 minute class to fellow students, demonstrating your competence and creativity.