Course Content

This course offers far more than the minimum requirements of many 200 hour teacher training programs. This is not for anyone wanting an easy ride to gain a certificate! It is for students who want to learn as much as possible for their own practice and if they choose to, how to share that knowledge with others. Aspects of yoga we will be covering are:

  • Asana – both in terms of building up your own practice, understanding each asana and exercise, modifications for those less or more able, verbally adjusting a student and gaining the skills to teach
  • Pranayama – looking at various different pranayamas, their benefits and how to teach these
  • Meditation – you will learn simple meditation techniques to deepen your own practice and utilities this in teaching
  • Basic Sanskrit – learning the sanskrit words for each posture we practice and are likely to teach, looking at correct pronunciation
  • Chanting – chants that can be used to open and close a practice
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – you will study the first pada (chapter), as well as chanting it in sanskrit
  • The 8 limbs of yoga – you will study each of the 8 limbs of yoga
  • Bandhas – mula bandha, uddiyana bandha and jalandhara bandha
  • Kriyas – tratak, jalaneti, sutraneti, nouli and kapalabhati
  • Anatomy – details here
  • Establishing/maintaining a self practice
  • Teaching techniques
  • How to teach effectively and safely
  • How to start teaching/setting up a class
  • Lesson planning – how to structure a class
  • Setting up your own business
  • Teaching – both within the trainee teachers group and at Yoga Akasha