Techniques of Yoga: 100 hours
Asana, yoga, pranayama, sequencing

Teaching Methodology: 25 hours

  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations, to the degree possible in a group setting and also one on one with a student or small group
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and correcting
  • Teaching styles (Slow Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, structured and alignment based classes, Iyengar influenced)
  • Qualities of a teacher, seat of the teacher
  • The student learning process
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga
  • Pacing a class, using movement cues, voice and props
  • Teaching beginners with effective communication

Anatomy and Physiology: 10 hours
You will learn the basics of skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular anatomy, injury prevention and recovery, and chakras. Here is additional focus on the systems of the body and energy anatomy (Chakras).

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers: 30 hours

  • Basic study of the Yoga Sutras
  • Yoga lifestyle and wellness
  • Ethics for yoga teachers
  • Understanding the value of teaching
  • Various topics pertaining to wellness and development
  • Self knowledge and understanding

Group Practicum and Presentation Skills: 15 hours

  • Practice teaching
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching
  • Presentation of assignments one on one, in small and large groups

Homework and final exam: 20 hours
In order to graduate and get your certification, you will need to complete homework assignments (approximately 20 hours) and pass a final exam. The homework can be completed during or after the course and is designed to support the material covered in class, to help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching. If you are not planning to teach after this course, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and instead, take the course for non- credit.

Course Objectives:

  • The basic application and understanding of hatha yoga principles
  • The foundational aspects of teaching beginner and intermediate level classes
  • How to safely approach postures, breathing techniques, and movements
  • Proper body mechanics and keeping yourself safe as you teach
  • Contraindications for students with health issues
  • Effective alignment principles, movement, breath regulation and mental control for a healthy practice

The basic principles of teaching yoga, which include:

  • Sequencing
  • How to modify poses 
  • How to develop your students in stages
  • Appropriate transitions for entering and exiting poses safely 
  • Basic guidelines for teaching visually instructed classes, verbally instructed classes
  • How to give simple physical adjustments and guidance
  • How to earn a living teaching yoga

A few examples of course topics:

  • Guided deep relaxation and guided meditations 
  • Personal values, setting healthy boundaries and your personal mission 
  • Being in service to humanity
  • Metta and various concentration and guided meditation practices 
  • Mindfulness techniques 
  • The Chakra system
  • Developing intuition and listening in 
  • Self inquiry 
  • Celebrating, letting go, going with the flow, being more at ease with self and life
  • What it means to be a modern yogi
  • Living responsibly on this earth 
  • Nutrition, eating for health and vitality

Sample Daily Schedule 5 Week Course: 

  •  08:30-10:30am        Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice
  • 10:30 - 11;30pm         Asana Breakdown/Alignments/ Adjustments/Methodology
  • 12:00 - 01:00pm        Lunch  
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm            Philosophy/Lifestyle/Ethics/ Anatomy
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm           Meditation/Self Inquiry

Sample  Daily Schedule 3 Week Intensive Course: 

08:00-10.00am Meditation/Pranayama/Asana
10.00-12.00pm Philosophy/Lifestyle/Ethics/ Anatomy
12.00-1.00pm Lunch
1.00-2.30pm Teaching Methodology
2.30-3.30pm Asana Breakdown/Alignments/ Adjustments
3.30-5.30pm Meditation/ Pranayama/Asana/Self Inquiry