Your pre-course self-study -
Mindful Yoga Academy follow the Yoga Alliance 200hr training standards and the days are intensive, so you are not expected to stay up late or get up early in the morning to study. However to help you prepare for the course, you are required to complete some work before you arrive. This self-study is part of the required training hours and goes towards your certification. Full details along with the Asana MAP Cards and Body Scan MP3 will be sent to you once you have paid your deposit.
Please note - Don't worry if you are booking close to the start of the course as part of the pre-course self-study can be completed on your return home. Please ask for details.
Your pre-course self-study includes -
1. Practice of the Therapeutic Mindful Hatha class sequences. Review the supplied Mindful Asana Principle cards (MAP) and practice the 2 Mindful Yoga class sequences. You are required to have a personal practice with the asanas shown before you arrive but remember to always listen to your body, practice ahimsa (non-harming) using modifications where you need to, and if a pose is contraindicated for your body, then leave it out. During the course you will deepen your knowledge of how to practice and teach each asana from the foundation up.
2. Practicing of a Mindful Body Scan - As part of developing a Mindfulness practice and becoming aware of your body, please listen to the Body Scan mp3 at least 4 times, perhaps at the end of your yoga practice in savasana for example. After listening to the track we ask you to journal on your experience in the practice.
3. Visiting a minimum of 2 local yoga classes and write a review on what you liked/would have differently to help you discover your own vision for teaching yoga.
4. Read 2 core texts -
Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: a Guide for Everyday practice by Charlotte Bell
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A longtime yoga teacher and Buddhist meditation practitioner, Charlotte Bell describes in passionate detail how she applied the eightfold path of the Yoga Sutras and the Buddha’s heed for mindfulness to her hectic Western life.
The path is often rough; she writes of self-doubt and struggles, of trying too hard and discouragement, of learning to accept the life she has, imperfections and all. But with grace and guts, she navigates the eight limbs of yoga, using the Yoga Sutras and insight meditation as her compass. She shows each limb at work in her relationships, music, asana, meditation, and even in writing this book. Her discussion of each limb includes practical ways that readers can bring mindfulness into asana itself, and in a section called “Reflections,” Bell encourages readers to experience even the most ordinary activity as extraordinary, whether it’s washing dishes, making tea, or rolling out their yoga mat.
Note from Kathy - This book is an excellent introduction the the Yoga Sutras and how to bring Mindfulness into your practice and life. Charlotte describes Insight meditation however on the course we practice secular (non religious) Mindfulness meditation suitable for all based on the work of Jon Kabatt-Zinn and other pioneers in Mind-Body practices. Please note you will need to bring this book with you as you will be using it for a workshop on Ethics on the first day.
Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil
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This book enables both the casual reader and the seasoned practitioner to understand and implement the anatomical structure and function of the body in yoga. Written with a conversational tone, the book delivers the complex subject of human anatomy in a way that is both provocative and clear. The underlying theme of the book is integration.
David Keil outlines how yoga teachers and practitioners can utilize a deeper understanding of their anatomy as they approach the larger scheme of yoga. How do the supposed "parts and pieces" of the body synchronize to support integrated movement? Finally, how do the various yoga postures interrelate from the perspective of functional anatomy?
Note from Kathy - This excellent book is a real gift for yoga practitioners and teachers. It clearly shows how important a knowledge of anatomy is when practicing yoga, supporting our goal of Ahimsa. We ask that you read the first part of the book prior to attending the course, the 2nd part of David's book outlines how to use the knowledge in Ashtanga asana which we do not practice, however many of the principles learnt are applicable to our Mindful Hatha Yoga practice. Please note, you will need to bring this book with you as we will refer to it during our Anatomy classes.
Highly recommended - The Science of Yoga by William J Broad
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The Science of Yoga draws on more than a century of painstaking research to present the first impartial evaluation of a practice thousands of years old. It celebrates what’s real and shows what’s illusory, describes what’s uplifting and beneficial and what’s flaky and dangerous—and why.
Broad unveils a burgeoning global industry that attracts not only curious scientists but true believers and charismatic hustlers. He shatters myths, lays out unexpected benefits, and offers a compelling vision of how the ancient practice can be improved.
Note from Kathy - This controversial book is a "must read" for any serious yoga teacher and practitioner which I am sure will lead to some interesting discussions over dinner! The book gives clarification on some of the myths of yoga and details the dangers if we do not practice and teach yoga mindfully.
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