Techniques, Training and Practice: 100 hours
Minimum contact hours: 75 hours --- Minimum contact hours: 50 hours
Topics in this category : asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques.
1) Analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.
2) Guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas must receive substantial emphasis.
Teaching Methodology: 25 hours
Minimum contact hours: 15 hours --- Minimum contact hours: 10 hours
Special Requirement: A maximum of five of the above hours can be counted on the subject of business aspects of teaching yoga. Topics in this category could include, but may not be limited to:
The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques. See the example topics below to help clarify the differences between the Techniques, Training and Practice category and the Teaching Methodology category:
Techniques, Training and Practice Topics
The Five Categories of Asana: You will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories.
Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
Teaching Methodology Topics
Principles of Demonstrating Asanas: Discuss how effective demonstrations in class can help emphasize an alignment or other focus for the specific pose or sequence of poses.
Learning Modalities: identifying your dominant style, and learning how to teach based on others’ learning styles
Use of Language and Voice: Lecture and discussion on active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns
Anatomy and Physiology: 20 hours
Special Requirements: A minimum of five of the above hours must be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga.
Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours
Minimum contact hours: 20 hours --- Minimum contact hours: 0 hours