Yoga Teacher Training (200 Hours)

Certified by Yoga Alliance, yogi Krishna Das Baba will lead a month-long course designed to bring your practice to a higher level and give you all the skills necessary to become an advanced teacher. The yoga teacher training course encompasses a comprehensive study of the ashtanga primary series and hatha yoga postures (asanas), ancient texts, mantras (chanting) and mudras (hand gestures). The course shall also provide a blueprint on how to integrate these spiritual practices into your modern day life, to improve mind, body and spirit as a true Karma Sannyasin.

Asana Classes

Mornings shall be dedicated to the Ashtanga primary series. Here the asanas are practised in a dynamic set sequence with focus placed on the breath, bandhas (energy locks) and drishti (gaze point). The correct method of breathing and application of bandha, drishti and asana shall be the focus of these classes, allowing students to hone their proficiency of these vital elements that are at the heart of the Ashtanga primary series. Hatha yoga shall be taught in the afternoon. Hatha is a general term that encompasses most forms of yoga taught in the west that require execution of physical postures. Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and yin are all styles of hatha yoga. Therefore, by instilling a deep understanding of hatha yoga, the essential postures and the breathing, a foundation is created to explore hatha yoga in all its disciplines. Key alignments, adjustment techniques, modifications and contraindications shall be taught to ensure students are able to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills to complete the transition from student to teacher.

Philosophy

Philosophy classes shall be taught twice a week and shall include

Lectures on the origins of yoga and how it has developed through the last 2000 year
An in depth study of Hinduism and its influences on yoga
An exploration of the different types of yoga, the foundational traditions and their principles, including hatha yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga and bhakti yoga
Discussions on several primary yoga texts including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, considered by many to be the most concise and comprehensive study defining yoga.
A study on the energetic body, prana (life force) and how yoga is used to enhance the pranic flow
An exploration of the Chakras (energy centers) and how prana can be directed through the chakras to bring us to a higher level of consciousness.

Pranayama

Pranayama shall be taught every morning before the first yoga practice. Irregular breathing disturbs the natural rhythms of the brain and can manifest itself in physical and mental blocks. Rhythmic, deep and slow respiration calms the mind and releases practitioners from negative thought patterns and emotional imbalances, in turn alleviating stress. It also improves lung capacity and strengthens the nervous system. Explanations shall be given on the theories behind and benefits provided by each pranayama technique to ensure correct application during the guided class.

Pranayama techniques taught

Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
Ujjayi (the victorious breath)
Kapalbhati (Skull shining breathing)
Bhastrika (Bellows breath)
Bhramari (humming bee breath)
Sheetali (cooling breath)
Shitkari (hissing breath)

Pranayama and Ashtanga

Here breath shall be transformed from an unconscious process to a mindful act. In all hatha yoga styles breath is used as the focal point when holding each posture. During the ashtanga practice emphasis shall be placed on the Ujjayi breath (victorious breathing). The sound made during ujjayi breathing acts as a mantra to focus the mind. It has innumerable calming qualities, transforming your practice into a moving meditation as you use the breath to determine the length of each posture.

Mudra

Mudra means “gesture” or ‘’seal’’.  These symbolic gestures are normally practiced with the hands and fingers but can also involve the whole body. Practitioners of aurveda assert that disease is caused by an imbalance of any of the five elements within the body. Our fingers can be used as tools to access these elements with each providing their own important function to the body. Therefore the use of mudras are said to promote the flow of energy in the subtle body, redressing the balance of fire, earth, water, air and ether and therefore can be used to heal various ailments whilst enhancing ones journey within. Within the TTC students shall be taught how to practice specific healing mudras, understand their benefits, and how to combine their mudra practice with Ujjai breath to enhance the flow of prana within the body.

Anatomy

A comprehensive study shall be provided on the body’s

Vital organs and their functions
The location and functions of the body’s bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
Terms of anatomical motion that occur during a yoga asana practice
By the end of the course you shall have gained a thorough understanding of how the body and its systems work and how to apply this knowledge to advance your own practice and run a safe and effective class.

Course Content

Our courses are designed in accordance with the curriculum of the Teacher Training Course. Upon completing the course, every student will obtain an official yoga teacher training certificate from Yoga Alliance.

Set in a tranquil and healing environment, the experience is designed to encourage a deep awareness and understanding of many types of yoga. Throughout the course at Aranya Yoga Ashram you will learn:

* Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa (A and B series)
* Yogic Philosophy and History
* Anatomy and Methodology
* Proper alignments and adjustments
* Mantras, Mudras, Asanas and Pranayamas
* Meditation techniques
* Ayurvedic cooking
* Chants and Bajans
* Singing Bowl Meditation
* Satsang