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Teaching Holistic Yoga

This course enables students in transitioning from being a practitioner of yoga into a certified instructor who can teach others.

In this course, using flexible retreat or classroom options, students will engage with 80-hours of hands-on and intensive experiential training, under the guidance of senior Faculty, and learn to practice and teach holistic yoga safely and effectively. The holistic yoga teaching methodology involves a hands-on training model that includes lectures, student-led demonstrations, and classwork. The core content of this course consists of Holistic Ashtanga Yoga, an eight-faceted approach to yoga that synthesizes the traditional knowledge of yogic and Vedantic texts. This course offers a dive deep into yoga sadhana (the persistent practice of yoga) along with the necessary skills needed to be able to teach yoga professionally in a class-setting.

$1,200.00

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Course Code: YOG 2001

Credit Hours: 6

Course Level: 200

$1,200.00

This course enables students in transitioning from being a practitioner of yoga into a certified instructor who can teach others.

In this course, using flexible retreat or classroom options, students will engage with 80-hours of hands-on and intensive experiential training, under the guidance of senior Faculty, and learn to practice and teach holistic yoga safely and effectively. The holistic yoga teaching methodology involves a hands-on training model that includes lectures, student-led demonstrations, and classwork. The core content of this course consists of Holistic Ashtanga Yoga, an eight-faceted approach to yoga that synthesizes the traditional knowledge of yogic and Vedantic texts. This course offers a dive deep into yoga sadhana (the persistent practice of yoga) along with the necessary skills needed to be able to teach yoga professionally in a class-setting.

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Learning Objectives

In this course students will be able to:

  • Teaching Methodologies of yoga practices of breath synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Applying the principles of Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras in the teaching field and how to bring them into the yoga session. 
  • Application of Ashtanga Yoga in the practice of yoga 
  • Develop the ability to teach yoga to the community.

Developed by the ancient Hindu sages in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years. Yoga, as practiced by modern society, is a path to achieving optimal health and wellness. Integrated holistic systems of yoga bring forth positive health at physical, pranic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels (pancha kosha). In this course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation along with the subtle nuances of these practices, their contraindications, benefits, and spiritual significance. We will also learn to apply the principles of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita into yoga sessions. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama (guidelines for ethical relationships), Niyama (guidelines for ethical lifestyle habits and choices), Asana (postures for physical practice), Pranayama (controlled and deliberate breathing practices), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from distractions), Dharana (focusing), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (complete absorption). Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are: Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfilment in life. We will learn to apply these principles in the yoga teaching session. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices, lectures, discussions, teaching techniques, offline assignments, and teaching assignments.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed YOG 1001 – Yoga Lifestyle and Wellness Course. 

Faculty/Instructor:TBD

Quarter Offered: Summer 2020

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Yoga Teacher Training

Delivery Mode: Hybrid (Retreat & Online)

 

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