200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Outline
History and Philosophy of Yoga
In this course we study both the history of Yoga in India in it’s many incarnations, as well as read and write about Yogic philosophy and contemplate how it can be applied to our daily lives. There are fascinating daily discussions on the Eight Limbs of Yoga from the Yoga Sutras. Vidya generously brings her depth of experience from her years spent in ashrams doing spiritual practice to the table in these discussions.
During the course we do half an hour of meditation first thing in the morning. Vidya provides a lot of guidance on the practice and there are a number of discussions on the practice as we progress through the course.
Intensive Study and Practice of Asanas (postures)
There is a two hour Vinyasa Flow Practice with Vidya every morning, which is assisted by her co-teacher and assistant, so everyone receives a lot of help with their practice. There is also opportunities during the course to work on and receive help with, specific poses of your choice to progress and further your own practice.
Sanskrit Names of Yoga Postures
During the course you will learn all the Sanskrit names for the poses studied as well as the Sanskrit names for philosophical concepts. Because you learn a few more words every day and we review the Sanskrit on a daily basis, by the end of the course you will be surprised how much Sanskrit you are able to retain.
Alignment and Modification of Poses
During the course we go through all the poses in our Teachers Training Manual and discuss the alignment and form of each pose and how to teach it. We also will show you how to modify for students with injuries or lack of flexibility or strength.
Our course has a very comprehensive anatomy section, which is very fun and engaging. Our anatomy teachers, Jennilee Toner, Jennifer Yarro and Karen Ring are outstanding teachers. We teach applied anatomy, so that you will understand how to use it wisely in your teaching. During this section you will assess and learn how to understand limitations in your own body, as well as learn how to look at someone and body read. You will be amazed at how much you learn about anatomy in this part of the course.
You will learn about a traditional Yogic Diet, as well as eating a well-balanced and nutritious “sattvic” diet yourself. We pride ourselves in the quality and deliciousness of the organic meals we provide on this course. Get super healthy whilst delighting your palette!
You will practice different pranayamas or breathing techniques every day and learn how to teach them safely and effectively.
The Business of Teaching Yoga
There will be a three hour workshop on how to go about finding work as a Yoga Teacher and how to market yourself. There will be time during this session to ask questions. Vidya also offers two coaching sessions free of charge during your first year of teaching in order to help you to become a full-time Yoga teacher.
Class Sequencing and Planning
You will learn how to create an effective and intelligent sequence and slowly build your class during the training. By the end of the training you will have sequenced, planned and taught two full classes and have the confidence to go forwards on your own.
We will also show you how to make hands on adjustments for every pose we study and you will practice these daily with a partner.
From the very beginning of the course you will start practice teaching poses one by one as you learn them. We will slowly and intelligently build up to teaching sun salutations and keep adding a little more material until you have built a full class and will feel comfortable teaching it. Throughout this process you are given a lot of support, feedback and encouragement to give you the tools to become a great teacher.
Deepen and Further Your Own Yoga Practice
As well as practicing for two hours every day, you will get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses and encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.