What to expect -
Each day is a mix of practice and theoretical classes following the Yoga Alliance 5 education categories. This is not an attendance course so you must participate in all sessions and achieve a set standard to graduate the course.
The 5 Yoga Alliance categories are -
- Yoga Techniques, Training and Practice (this includes all 8 limbs of yoga)
- Anatomy and Physiology,
- Teaching Methodology and
- Practicum/Teaching experience
Student commitment is essential as the days are intensive, but you do have a full free day every week to allow you to truly relax, visit the local Saturday Markets or lounge on the beach. Massages, Reiki and Naturopathy (at extra cost) are also available at the Retreat Centre.
We utilise the most contemporary methods and a typical days schedule consists of -
07.30 - 09.30 Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga Practice
09.30 - 10.15 Breakfast
10.15 - 13.30 Techniques, Training and Practice practicum sessions plus class in Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
13.30 - 15.30 Lunch and free time
15.30 - 19.30 Techniques Training and Practice practicum sessions plus classes in Philosophy and Teaching Methodology
19.30 - Dinner and free time
At the end of the afternoon there is also a quiz to check your understanding and learning.
Training sessions include -
Yoga Techniques, Training and Practicum based on the 8 limbs of Yoga - Mindful Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy practices focus on using Yoga to get into our bodies - not using our bodies to get into Yoga!
• Asana - Mindful Hatha Yoga and MBSR Yoga Therapy practice, indepth instruction and teaching practice using the Mindful Asana Principle (MAP) cards, learn modifications to suit different students, body reading and assists so that we can find our middle path and 'abide in ease'
• Pranayama - Learning what we mean by a 'breath centred practice' breath awareness and pranayamas to bring balance.
• Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi - The heart of yoga and meditation. We will help you establish a personal Mindfulness Meditation practice and how to teach Meditation to your students.
You will also experience and learn other tools and techniques of Yoga including Kosha based Body Awareness, Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) Body Scanning, Yoga Nidra, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Guided relaxation, Mindful Movement, Yin Yoga, Dru Yoga and Acuyoga. We are also planning a Restorative Yoga Workshop with Sue Flamm (Puja) author of the book Yoga Restoratives with Assists, available from all major book shops.
Teaching Methodology -
Subjects include the Art of Teaching a Mindful Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy, class structures, teaching body awareness, mudras, mantras, bandhas, pranayamas, visualisation and imagery plus how to develop and teach MBSR Yoga Therapy health and wellness programmes for stress reduction, back care, the over 50's and those living with health challenges including heart disease.
You will also learn how to include a few of the core skills of MBSR (mindfulness based stress reducation) into your classes and programmes.
Most importantly you will learn how to take the next step to launch your new Yoga career including finding your own USP (unique selling point) tips on advertising, web pages and developing home practices for your students and how to add value and income by making your own Visualisation and Brainwave Entrainment CD's.
Anatomy and Physiology -
The course has a special focus on Anatomy and how the body moves in Asana. This is so we can be more mindful in our approach, there is a saying that goes "use yoga to get into your body NOT use your body to get into yoga!"
Subjects include focus on spinal health, the skeleton, muscles, fascia, stretching, respiratory system, circulation, digestion and the subtle body (chakras, meridians and nadis) Plus special focus classes on the hips, pelvis, ankles, knees and shoulders, accessing range of motion (both your own and students) and exploring poses that can create stability and/or flexibility.
We also spend time reviewing the effects stress, obesity, challenges that face the over 50's and those living with health challenges.
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics -
Subjects include an introduction to the Yoga Sutras from a modern perspective including the Yamas (Ethical principles & living in harmony) and Niyamas (Personal practices & conscious everyday living) and the 5 Koshas. We also explore developing a personal practice and your vision of teaching Mindful Hatha Yoga & MBSR Yoga Therapy using the core principles of Mindfulness, Eight Limbs of Yoga and modern ethics. Also, as a way of pausing and becoming aware of any changes you have experienced over the course, on the final day you will be asked to write a 2 - 3 page paper on Mindful Hatha Yoga, MBSR Yoga Therapy and Meditation.
Practice teaching -
The course includes in-depth teaching and practice teaching using the Mindful Asana Principle (MAP) cards.
You will also learn to teach all 5 stages of a typical Therapeutic Mindful Yoga class sequence including Body Awareness exercises, Warm Ups, Pranayamas, Mudras, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Visualisation and Meditation.
As part of a group you will practice the skills you are learning by teaching a Mindful Hatha Yoga class in the 2nd week of training and develop and teach one week of an 8 week Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Yoga Therapy class with your partner/group in the 3rd week of training. All with personal feedback, development and coaching from Kathy. In the 3rd week you will also teach a full 90 minute Mindful Hatha Yoga class to your group so that you can be confident when you return home you are ready to start your new career!
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