300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Modules

Meditation 1

This first module provides an introduction to meditation. Participants will learn the foundations of mindfulness, research around the benefits of mind-training, and explore different mindfulness meditation practices. Participants will develop ways to integrate meditation in to their teaching.

Meditation 2

The second module will provide training in more advanced meditation practices. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the mind and inner emotional world and work with blockages and barriers and challenges that arise in meditation. Participants will learn how to develop their own practice to further enhance both their personal growth and that of their students/clients.

Advanced Asana Teaching Methodology 1

Begin taking the basic asanas that you learned in your 200 hour YTT to a new level, and adding some new, advanced asanas to your tool belt to share with your students and experience in your own practice. In Asana and Advanced Teaching Methodology you will hone in on specific alignment principles, benefits and contraindications for poses, how to properly enter, exit and transition from advanced as well as basic asana with skill, proper assists, counterposes and how to explore asana with props and modifications. Teachers will leave feeling empowered and with a strong skill set to help take their students to the next level in their asana practice safely and with professional techniques.

Advanced Asana Teaching Methodology

Pranayama 1

Pranayama is translated roughly to “control of the breath” and is a word comprised of two separate Sanskrit words: prana, meaning “life force” and Yama, meaning “restraint or control. In Pranayama module 1 we will learn the proper procedure and application of several breath techniques that can deeply impact our connection to the subtle and gross bodies. Learn how to utilize pranayama in your personal practice, teach it to a class, and intricate details of how it effects the systems in the body immediately and over time with regular use.

Pranayama 2

Pranayama is translated roughly to “control of the breath” and is a word comprised of two separate Sanskrit words: prana, meaning “life force” and yama, meaning “restraint or control”. In Pranayama module 2 we will build on the techniques learned in Pranayama module 1 and dive even deeper into the magic of breath-work. Pranayama module 2 can be taken before or after Pranayama module 1, as we will review and learn the proper procedure and application of several breath techniques that can deeply impact our connection to the subtle and gross bodies. We will learn how to utilize pranayama in your personal practice, teach it to a class, and discover the intricate details of the effects of pranayama on the systems in the body both immediately and over time with regular us

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology explores in greater detail all of the major, minor and intrinsic muscle groups of the human body. Participants will learn to identify specific muscles on themselves or a partner.   The bodies joint complexes and connective soft tissue will be identified as well as the role they play in asana practice. Understanding how the joints moves and identifying which muscles contract or elongate in various asana is key to teaching safe and effective asana in both static and dynamic asana practice. The complexities and role of the shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle will be explored as it relates to asana practice. The front core body and it’s four abdominal muscle groups, back core body and pelvic floor muscles will also be explored. Participants will develop greater skill and confidence in their teaching by expanding their understanding of anatomy and physiology.

Kinesiology and Yoga

Kinesiology is the study of the human body and its movements as it relates to biology, physiology and psychological influences. Kinesiology and Yoga combines the the science of movement with alignment principals of yoga. Participants will explore the bodies movements within its planes of movement. Bones, the joints that link them and the actions of the muscles create dynamic movement in the human body. Understanding this dynamic movement in the human body from a bio mechanical perspective will help yoga teachers better serve their students.

Deepen your understanding of functional anatomy, bio-mechanics, and the kinesiology of movement as applied to seeing students in the practice and guiding them in a meaningful, safe, and effective way. The art of assisting and propping students will be explored at length here.

Subtle Energy Bodies

The yogis perceive that we have both our gross, physical body and then several other subtle energy bodies, which include: the seven chakras, three bandhas, three doshas, three gunas, five koshas, five prana vayus (winds of energy), fourteen (plus two more for females) srotamsi (channels) and several nadis (rivers of energy). When we can tap into the power and awareness around our Subtle Energy Bodies and activate them through bhanda (binds), kriya (specific actions to access energy), pranayama (breath control) and meditation, we can create profound change in ourselves and our yoga students. Learning the anatomy of the Subtle Body Energy deepens our insights as advanced yoga teachers and students.

Subtle Energy Bodies 2

Yoga and Psychology

Participants will learn how the ancient wisdom teachings and practices of yoga can be a path for mental health and resiliency and revolutionize personal growth.

This module will provide an overview of mental health from both a yoga and western psychology perspective. Participants will learn how yoga can provide relief for a variety of psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, excess anger, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A review of yoga research for mental health recovery and specific practices for holistic healing will be explored.

Philosophy of Yoga 1

There are several ancient texts that apply to the practice and study of yoga, two of the most important being The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In Philosophy and Yoga 1, students will explore the relevance and teachings of the Gita and the Sutras and how to apply this ancient wisdom to modern times. They will also explore the basic principles of the Samkhya school of philosophy, which is closely related to the Yoga school of philosophy. Tapping into the energy of the Vedic wisdom behind the practice of yoga will not only deepen the personal practice of the practitioner but also deepen their ability to teach and connect with their student

Business and Ethics of Yoga

Practicum

Advanced teaching clinics

Seva

Elective Modules

Yin Yoga Foundations

This module sheds light on the quieter side of yoga that is very often eclipsed by the frenetic pace of life and the more yang versions of yoga currently in demand. In this module, participants learn how to slow way down through Yin Yoga and meditation practice, be immersed in the body, and have time to feel into the core channels of your being. Participants will learn the methods of Yin yoga which include breath work, anatomy, physical and energetic alignments, basic meridian and five element theory, and mind training. Explore the inner voice as the practitioner and discover the keys to designing classes and holding space as a teacher/clinician.

Vinyasa Yoga Foundations

Vinyasa can be interpreted as “placing in a special way”. During vinyasa yoga, we mindfully place the breath on the movement. The breath acts as a bridge between the mind and the body, and the focus acts as a bridge between the mind and the outside world, bringing us more into the present moment. In Vinyasa foundations, participants will learn how to create a Vinyasa yoga class for all levels, beginners to advanced, and how to create creative sequences from a safe and integrated perspective. Student teachers will also be introduced to the science behind vinyasa yoga, the connection of using breath to access the subtle energy bodies in vinyasa flow, and how to apply vinyasa yoga to their practice and teaching in safe and effective ways.

Restorative Yoga Foundations

Restorative Yoga Foundations explores the roles of the subtle energy body and nervous system in restorative yoga postures. Participants are guided into a practical understanding of how restorative poses can be used to create balance, renew energy and nurture inner quiet.

Ayurveda and Yoga

Ayurveda and Yoga deepens the participants knowledge of the seasonal approach of Ayurveda as it applies to yoga practices. The five element approach and the doshas are heightened in different times of the day and different times of the year. Participants will learn the Ayurvedic practice of Dinacharya and self-care for yoga teachers so they can remain healthy and balanced, teaching from a place of foundational awareness and health.

Trauma Yoga

A trauma informed yoga class is sensitive to the needs of the participant with behaviors as a result of traumatic events. Traumatic events impact everybody at one time or another. Being trauma informed is not only necessary for working with individuals who exhibit symptoms, it is important for everyone. Yoga with it’s combination of breathing, meditation, mindfulness and movements that both elongate and strengthen tight muscle offers a unique opportunity for healing. This 15 hour training will focus on choosing postures, pranayama, meditation, handling challenging behaviors and situations, effective communication, identifying trauma related behaviors, promoting safety in the classroom, promoting healthy boundaries, and collaboration with agency.