Important Note: This TTC is for MEN and WOMEN alike. “Yoga” was created by men for men, and not just for women. So guys, come numerous!
1. Techniques & Practice: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves......115 hours
1. Techniques & Practice: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques.....140 hours
2. Teaching methodology: principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, and the student's process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga......35 hours
3 A. Anatomy & Physiology. Normally we’ve studied yogic anatomy (cakras, nadis, kundalini...) in the 200-hour TTC, but we’ll review in particular for those who do not have a 200-hour TTC from Yogayantra but from another school, and may not have studied this topic in-depth. Then we deepen “Western” Human Physical Anatomy and Physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) applied to the practice of yoga and asana as it is needed to understand how the body works and practice SAFELY (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.). The study then is about 1. enhancing your practice; 2. Improve your own ability to increase your strength, flexibility, endurance; 3. Prevention of injuries (my priority!); 4. Revisions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and shiatsu as related to yoga...... 20 hours
BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME IN MY 200-HOUR TTCs.
My TTCs are deep and constructive, and when the TTC is over, I also give guidance for ongoing studies, because yoga is not something you can learn in 200 hours.
“Yoga” changes, evolves. And it has to, because life is movement itself, if you refuse change, you refuse life! and yoga is becoming more and more modifiable: we, yoga teachers, are free to use stillness but also movement, and I have discovered this need of adaptability in my own body, before I observed the same evolution around me, should it be from Youtube clips, or any other source available through the Net.
I also alternate movement with stillness, then again movement, then again stillness… What I observe in my students and my own body is a much better alignment, a greater comfort, a greater confidence too in what we can do, "we" being my body and my mind together.
I have no reason to follow any one else’s sequence, not even Pattabhi Jois’s famous ones, because this person had a different body from my own. I deplore that all yoga teachers who teach so-called “Mysore-classes” are so dogmatic as to refuse I join the class to do my self-practice, with what MY body needs. I dream of a flexible yoga world, where Mysore-style teachers would simply allow whoever to do their own stuff while guiding them, and adjusting them without imposing them someone else’s sequencing! When I taught “Mysore” style classes, this is what I did!
I have recently been bombarded with funny questions by students interested in my TTC in Cebu, Philippines. I think that there is some confusion in their mind, surprisingly, as it’s the first time this has happened to me.
It is NOT a spiritual retreat, somewhere in the desert, in silence, sacred place etc. It is a YOGA TEACHER INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE, gathered in 25 days, with 8 hours per day, where I have to share the time into various topics, and with specific requirements from Yoga Alliance.
If I was to lead a spiritual retreat in the Himalayas, the schedule would be: very early morning pranayama & kriyas; asanas; ½ hour rest then lunch (or brunch); some rest; some satsang, only on spiritual matters (no anatomy, yurk, the body! or just spiritual anatomy, with what people love now, nadis, cakras, kundalini, ah! so spiritual! no teaching methodology either, just spiritual stuff); tea brak, then asanas; then pranayama; then meditation; a light dinner; go to bed.
To get the other 'resources and bibliography" dedicated to the 300-hour students, please send me an email.
Excerpts from Shyam Ranganathan’s excellent translation of the Yoga Sutra
What is Yoga. In contemporary meaning, yoga is now predominantly used to refer to physical disciplines of posture series. It is common to call the individual posture asana-s. Asana is a still, firm, seated position. What now go under the heading of yoga are difficult bodily exercises. Patanjali would have classified such exercises as tapas, heat or stress-causing exercises. For Patanjali, tapas in an integral part of yoga, but not coextensive with all of yoga [YS II.1]
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