Syllabus for Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: 300 Hour Training Course (Multistyle)
Hatha Yoga is a broad term for the practice of most modern yogis and the source of most Western yoga practices. Hatha means balance between the sun and the moon, activation and passivity, yin and yang, masculine and feminine. It is a way to prepare the body for the deeper levels of yoga and meditation. Ultimately the way to purification and union of body, mind and soul. The Hatha Yoga practitioner will eventually develop a subtle awareness within the body that aids in cultivating a meditative state.
Usually a Hatha yoga class would be a moderately paced practice combining yoga pose (asana), breathing awareness, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and the chanting of mantras to open or close the class.
In advanced yoga teacher training our teachers guide our students through carefully crafted intelligent sequences which range from general to advanced. Students are encouraged to explore their practice fine tuning the subtle and gross aspects. We aim for all our students to experience subtle awareness, cultivating a mindful approach to yoga practice.
In Hatha yoga for our advanced yoga teacher training we focus primarily on Therapeutic asana. Spending time with each student, analyzing the various imbalances and working with specific asana to correct it. On advanced yoga teacher training we also spend time working through each asana category and tackling the asana from many different angles, focusing on how to work with different ailments or disabilities. On advanced Yoga Teacher Training students are taught yoga asana for eliminating back pain, high blood pressure, constipation, IBS, heart disease, controlling diabetes, yoga for pregnancy, remaining youthful and better well-being. Students will also learn yoga for headache and migraine, arthritis, asthma, neck pain, and more.
We use props at a very high standard and information is detailed. We discuss and observe how the subtle body as well as the gross body is working, relating everything back through anatomy, philosophy and teaching technique. We move deeply into the precise instruction and analysis of student’s body through yoga, learning where and how best to modify a pose for advanced practitioners, beginners and those with illness or injury.
Hands on adjustment, use of props and yoga for every kind of body
On Advanced Yoga Teacher Training students will be shown and explained exactly how to work with all kinds of students and bodies. They will be guided through the art of practicing hands on adjustment, considering how to help students deepen their poses safely and how to correctly help students achieve their best practice. How, when and why to create a modification of a pose and how to use props correctly as in the Iyengar tradition.
This is our specialty and we have fully equipped yoga studios with all manner of yoga props, specialty Iyengar props and hanging ropes. Our teachers are experts at using these wonderful pieces of equipment and are happy to share. Students will leave with a whole range of new skill sets to make their classes and practice safer and more beneficial.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
At Mahi Yoga 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training we instruct Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic heating practice that aims to detoxify and still the mind. Ujjai pranayama/breathing is practiced throughout to bring about this detoxifying effect. Ashtangi’s focus on one point or Dristi to avoid distraction and go inward whilst engaging Bandha locks to contain the energy created.
Traditionally Ashtanga is a fixed sequence where each practitioner would practice in the same way every day. The teacher would watch and assist and give the next pose in the series when the student was ready. The student would eventually build up a full primary series and then be introduced to the next. This is a systematical approach allowing for the body to gain flexibility and strength slowly.
On 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training our teachers instruct each asana in detail explaining modifications and props where needed. Students practice these asana according to their capacity. We teach the whole primary series and some parts of the second series including rules of sequencing, pranayama, chanting and Dristi.
Vinyasa Yoga is a modern fast-paced practice derived from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and the Guru T. Krishnamacharya himself. The essence of the practice is to flow between yoga postures while breath and Drishti (eye gaze) are synchronized. Every change is smoothly linked to a breath. The breath supports the movement starting with one posture then onto the next. The difference between ashtanga and Vinyasa is that the latter has no set sequence and each pose flows into the next organically.
Modern day Vinyasa is popular worldwide and on advanced Yoga Teacher Training we go deeply into the guidelines of intelligent sequencing that both strengthens the body and allows the flow of energy to move. We teach from an alignment point of view and so even though students will move more quickly we emphasis a holistic and safe practice that heals and not harms. Students will learn how to structure a class intelligently from an alignment, anatomy and energy point of view. There will also be focus on safety whilst transitioning and understanding the mechanics of the Vinyasa itself.
Art of Teaching Yoga
At Mahi Yoga advanced Yoga Teacher Training we give students a chance to enhance and perfect their teaching skills. Focusing on the finer details of instruction in practical asana clinic style workshops. We explain key alignment and techniques to work with different bodies and abilities, and how to adjust and support these with props and hands on adjustment. We cover all the main yoga asana as well as some advanced poses.
Students will also create intelligent sequences for different purposes, discussing and receiving feedback on these. They will teach a selection of these sequences to the group again giving and receiving feedback.
Students will also have the opportunity to work with our 200 hr trainees, leading a meditation session for them and experiencing sitting in on a 200hr practical exam and will be given guidance on the process of examination and feedback by our Teachers.
Finally we cover both the ethics and business of yoga during these lessons. These are interactive and can be specific to student’s future goals or line of inquiry into yoga business.
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy is instructed from a yogic and very practical perspective on advanced Yoga Teacher Training. Our students are encouraged to explore body alignment in their own physical yoga practice, particularly the bio mechanics of the body in both yoga and anatomy. At Mahi Yoga we structure our advanced Yoga Teacher Training course so that the basic mechanics of skeleton, joints, muscles and other tissues become clear.
Specifically for advanced Yoga Teacher Training we go deeper into the foundations of muscle and movement, discovering exactly what we use, how we use it and what is holding us back in asana practice. Then applying that knowledge within the yoga class in order to understand when to modify or adjust a student’s practice regardless of injury or ailment.
Our advanced Yoga Teacher Training students have a real opportunity to learn Ayurvedic physiology and theory. A minimum of 10 hours Ayurveda is presented to our students by an incredible Ayurvedic Doctor called Sibby George who comes for 7th generation in a line of Ayurvedic healers. He explains the application of Ayuvedic Science in everyday life as well as its use in combination with yoga.
At Mahi Yoga 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Philosophy classes are taught by Indian teachers who have lived the yogic life and who have a deep intrinsic understanding of yogic philosophy. All our teachers have studied extensively and had firsthand experience of transformation through their own yoga practice. Our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training syllabus focuses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Ashtanga Yoga meaning eight limbs. Classes are interactively and discussion is encouraged between students and teacher. Classes are taught from a scientific perspective whilst applying spiritual and philosophical values of yoga to modern day life and the challenges we face.
We put emphasis here on how to apply this philosophy through asana classes. We may also discuss other yogic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita.
At Mahi Yoga advanced Yoga Teacher Training we believe in enhancing and accessing both the inner and outer levels of ourselves. Meditation works on our inner world and impacts on the whole world. Meditation allows the practitioner to watch the self with no conflict and to be free from the prison of the mind. It is a process which helps to calm the mind, produce clear thoughts, relieve stress, increase energy, and lift the spirit, creating a positive outlook which in turn has benefits on the physical body too.
On advanced Yoga Teacher Training we teach both active and inactive styles of meditation. The active steps prepare the body and mind for the meditation clearing out clutter and distraction. After this, students begin the inactive meditation techniques. This is a logical progression for students but also allowing the student to connect with a style that really suits them.
Students are instructed in a few different styles aiming for each student to facilitate a meditation session for the Mahi Yoga 200hr Teacher Trainees.
They include; Trataka Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Gibberish Meditation, Catharsis Meditation, En Kriya, Refining Breath, Vipassana, Heart opening, Nadbramha meditation, Yoga Nidra. A truly unique opportunity to experience so many styles of meditation in one place.
Pranayama, kriyas, chanting & mantra
On advanced Yoga Teacher Training students will be guided in the proficient practice and instruction of various traditional yogic techniques. Pranayama or breathing practice will be instructed and students will be encouraged to run-through and perfect these practices. Students will learn the benefits and precautions for each technique in order to support their own yogic development and instruct their students.
Every morning will begin with 1 hr Pranayama techniques, mantra or chanting. Students will begin to lead these sessions for their peers from the third week giving and receiving feedback.
Kriya cleansing will be introduced with a morning on 3rd week ending in full cleansing process including, Jala neti, Sutra neti, Nauli and others.
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