Technique and Methodology

The asanas will be organized and taught as related poses – standing, twists, balances, backbends and inversions. We will explore the structure of the individual asanas emphasizing what each is meant to feel like rather than look like, how to guide students into a posture allowing for individual anatomical variations and how to incorporate props to make the asana accessible to those with more limited mobility.
Hands on Adjustments
We will teach you how to analyze your students’ anatomical structure and assist them into positions by finding their most beneficial expression of the asana. Adjustments will focus on achieving the desired experience of the posture rather than forcing the body into an idealized visual shape.
You will learn the art of creative sequencing and how to thoughtfully structure different levels and types of classes – gentle (yin) to vinyasa (yang), beginning to advanced.
Atmosphere & Intention
We will examine the environment of the class setting you create: the intension you set, the music you play, the tone of your voice, etc. and how each of these aspects play a role in your students’ experience.
You will be introduced to several pranayama concepts, their benefits and how to incorporate particular pranayama techniques into your classes to compliment the focus of the practice.
You will study a variety of meditation skills, feel their effects and investigate how to incorporate these practices into your classes to heighten your students experience.

Practicum (14 Contact Hours; 30 Non-Contact Hours)

Includes practice teaching as well as assisting and leading during public classes, receiving feedback, and observing professional teachers at OLY and elsewhere.

Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyles (24 Contact Hours; 10 Non-Contact Hours)

Students will learn the historical and philosophical roots of the yogic tradition through a sampling of Vedic texts such as The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita and the evolution of yogic principals from The Yoga Sutras to their modern Western permutations. Class is driven by student discussion and monthly writing assignments which are later compiled into a portfolio along with a statement of the of the student’s yoga philosophy.

Anatomy & Physiology (36 Contact Hours; 20 Non-Contact Hours)

Having a greater appreciation for the function and structure of the body will enable you to come to individual yoga poses with an informed and discerning approach. Focusing on the musculoskeletal, nervous and respiratory systems, students will gain an understanding of the human body and its role as related to their yoga practice. In addition to lectures, students will participate in a lab component to experience “anatomy in action” through direct application to asana and pranayama.

General Requirements

Students will be expected to coordinate with one or more of their classmates outside of class time in order to practice their teaching of asana, pranayama and hands on adjustments. In addition, students are required to attend 10 regularly scheduled classes at Om Land Yoga and/or other studios. Students will need to be able to create and post videos electronically for asana sequencing homework.

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