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The Syllabus for Ashtanga yoga teacher training course

TEACHING ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA

  • History of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga
  • Mysore style
  • The Vinyasa system
  • How to present yourself
  • The opening and closing Mantras
  • Ways of learning
  • Explanation
  • Demonstration
  • Adjustment
  • Existing injuries and health conditions
  • Pain

TEACHING THE BANDHAS

  1. The four Bandhas
    • Moola Bandha
    • Benefits , How to teach
  2. Uddiyana Bandha
    • Benefits
    • How to teach
  1. Jalandhara Bandha
    • Benefits
    • How to teach
  2. Maha Bandha
    • Benefits
    • How to teach

TEACHING UJJAYI BREATHING

  • Why ujjayi breathing is good for you
  • In yogic terms
  • Breath and the nervous system
  • Contraindications , In physical terms

THE FOUR STAGES

  • Conscious control of the breath
  • Slowing and deepening the breath
  • Directing the breath into the upper body
  • Adding the ujjayi sound

TEACHING THE DRISTI

  • The Nine Dristis
  • Benefits
  • Table of Dristi and poses

TEACHING POINTS

  • What to say
  • General teaching points
  • Feet
  • Legs
  • Breath
  • Focus and dristi
  • Indicators
  • Breath

  • TEACHING THE PRIMARY SERIES
    • Samasthiti
    • Surya Namaskara A
    • Surya Namaskara B
    • Standing Postures
    • Padangushtasana
    • Padahastasana
    • Utthita Trikonasana
    • Parivritta Trikonasana
    • Utthita Parshvakonasana
    • Parivritta Parshvakonasana
    • Prasarita Padottanasana A
    • Prasarita Padottanasana B
    • Prasarita Padottanasana C
    • Prasarita Padottanasana D
    • Parshvottanasana
    • Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana
    • Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
    • Utkatanasana
    • Virabhadrasana (A & B)
    • Sitting Postures
    • Dandasana
    • Paschimattanasana
    • Purvatanasana
    • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana
    • Tiriangmukhaikapada Paschimattanasana
    • Janu Shirshasana A
    • Janu Shirshasana B
    • Janu Shirshasana C
    • Marichyasana A
    • Marichyasana B
    • Marichyasana C
    • Marichyasana D
    • Navasana
    • Bhujapidasana
    • Kurmasana
    • Supta Kurmasana
    • Garbha Pindasana
    • Kukkutasana
    • Baddha Konasana
    • Upavishta Konasana
    • Supta Konasana
    • Supta Padangushtasana
    • Ubhaya Padangushtasana
    • Urdhva Mukha Paschimattanasana
    • Setu Bandhasana
    • Finishing Postures
    • Urdhva Dhanurasana
    • Paschimattanasana
    • Sarvangasana
    • Halasana
    • Karnapidasana
    • Urdhva Padmasana
    • Pindasana
    • Matsyasana
    • Uttana Padasana
    • Shirshasana
    • Baddha Padmasana
    • Padmasana
    • Uth Pluthi
    • Shavasana

ADJUSTMENTS

  • Types of adjustments
  • When to adjust
  • Who to adjust
  • Safety considerations

HOW TO ADJUST

  • Foundation
  • Alignment
  • Breath
  • Touch
  • Adaptability

TEACHING PRACTICUUM

  • Teaching in small groups
  • Teaching the entire group
  • Demonstration of postures to students giving the procedure to come in and out of the posture, benefits and modifications.
  • Teaching a one hour thirty minute class as a part of the final teaching practicum

YOGA PHILOSOPHY

  • Definition of Yoga
  • Discipline of Yoga
  • Witnessing The essence of Yoga
  • Five modifications of the mind
  • Foundations of yoga
  • Practice-Abhyasa
  • Non-Attachment-Vairagya
  • Eight limbs of Yoga
  • Five Yamas
  • Five Niyamas
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Pratyahara
  • Dharana
  • Dhyana
  • Samadhi

STUDY OF PRANAYAMA( BREATHING EXERCISES) AND BANDHAS

  • The Mechanics of Breathing
  • Four Aspects of Pranayama
  • Introducing the practitioner to his natural breath
  • Abdominal Breathing
  • Thoracic Breathing
  • Clavicular Breathing
  • Full Yogic Breath
  • Nadi Shodhana
  • Bramhari
  • Bastrika
  • Kapalabhati
  • Sheetali & Sheetkari
  • Ujjayi
  • Moola, Uddiana, Jalandhara & Maha Bandha.

THE YOGIC DIET

  • Food
  • Relationship between food and our emotions

TYPES OF DIET

  • Sattvic , Tamasic , Rajasic , Yoga and vegetarianism

YOGIC ANATOMY

  • Study of the seven chakras
  • Study of seven layers and seven bodies
  • Kundalini and its importance
  • Definition of Health
  • Relationship Between Mind, Body and Health
  • The body ,Tension and relaxation
  • Pain , Bodily functions
  • Attitude to illness
  • Health and Enlightenment

YOGIC MANAGEMENT OF DISEASES APPLIED TO

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System ,Endocrine System
  • Digestive System ,Musculoskeletal System

THE COURSE INCLUDES ASHTANGA MANUAL AND ONE PRACTICE CHART FROM OUR INSTITUTION, TUITION AND CERTIFICATION BY THE SCHOOL WITH YOGA ALLIANCE STANDARDS.

SUGGESTED READING

  • The Ashtanga Yoga Practice Manual – David Swenson
  • Hatha Yoga Dynamics – Carl Abbot
  • Teaching Yoga – Mark Stephens
  • Text book of Ayurveda – Vasant Lad
  • Yogic Management of diseases – Bihar school of yoga
  • Medication to Meditation – Osho
  • In search of the miraculous – Osho
  • Asana Pranayama mudra bandha – Bihar school of Yoga
  • Yoga Alpha and Omega – Osho
  • The Yoga Sutras of patanjali – Mukunda Stiles
  • Four chapters on Freedom – Bihar school of Yoga
  • Hatha yoga Pradipika – Bihar School of Yoga

Please remember all these books are available in the Abhijna School of Yoga Library.

First: establish yourself in the way, then teach and so defeat sorrow.