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.
Prerequisites: Must have completed YOG 1001 – Yoga Lifestyle and Wellness Course.
Quarter Offered: Summer 2020
Area of Study: Yoga Studies
Program of Study: Certificate Program in Yoga Teacher Training
Delivery Mode: Hybrid (Retreat & Online)