Listen to your inner teacher
Basic Teacher Training
200 hrs training in Portugal and Amsterdam 16 - 30 July 2021 & 6 - 12 September 2021
The curriculum presented in the Basic Teacher Training will give you a clear insight into the most relevant aspects of a yoga practice in its broader approach.
The Primary Series of the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system (as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the tradition of Krishnamacharya) will be your main practice and map for this training. You will also focus on specific asanas and how to approach them in different ways. You will be taught alignment, breath, bandhas, inner and outer focus and suitable variations for each asana. You will learn from doing the pose yourself and from observing other students.
All types of asana are covered:
- Forward bends
- Backward bends
You will also learn the sanskrit name and the benefits of each pose.
We will teach the true meaning of Prana and the natural breath. Preparations for pranayama, together with some of the most classical techniques (such as Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana, and the Nine Purification Breaths) will be covered.
You will build a personal practice of pranayama to incorporate into your daily practice. At the end of the program you will have integrated these practices and be able to incorporate pranayama into your teaching as well.
Kriyas are cleansing and purification practices that prepare you for deeper yogic experiences. You will be introduced to some of the basic yet powerful kriya techniques (such as nauli), and incorporate them into your daily practice routine.
We will explore the physical body in a very practical way, so you can apply it in your own practice and teachings. We utilize engaging, visual and active learning. So, anatomy becomes an interesting and lived experience. During the course, you will go through an introduction to the anatomy of the human body as it relates to the asanas. Also, we will explore the nervous system, the muscular-skeletal system, knee and hip joints, the pelvis, the spine, the circulatory system, and other topics.
We will introduce you to the subtle bodies: the yogic anatomy of chakras, nadis, vayus and koshas, helping you to more fully understand the process and benefits of yoga.
Foundational philosophy will be mostly based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with a particular focus on the 8 limbs of yoga. You will learn how to apply this in your yoga practice, in your teaching and, most importantly, in your everyday life.
Concentration and meditation
From the beginning of the course, you will be introduced to meditation. During the course, you will be given different techniques to practice formal meditation. You will come to understand what meditation is, and how the other aspects of our practice are traditionally used to to prepare ourselves for moving deeper into meditation. You will learn how to guide others in basic meditation.
You will be introduced to the importance of Bhakti Yoga and Vedic chanting, learning some of the most important mantras and sutras to connect to the divine through sacred sound.
You will be introduced to the Science of Ayurveda and you will receive a solid foundation on the pillars of Ayurveda. You will understand how the three doshas are formed. Through this understanding you will discover your own natural born constitution (prakruti) and your current imbalance (vikruti) and start to develop your ‘Ayurvedic eye’ to see things from the Ayurvedic perspective, and help your practice of yoga bring more balance into your life and your world.
Your practice is your foundation, your real teacher. In the training, your practice will be deepened. You will keep a journal of your practice, so you and the teachers can follow your progress. You will commit to practicing daily asana, pranayama, kriyas and meditation. Your practice will integrate into your personality, will open your mind and your heart and this will bring you to higher states of awareness. What you practice, you will understand. What you understand, you will be able to teach.
This is a practical course. Rather than being taught how to teach, you will learn how to teach by doing it. From the very beginning, you will be asked to work with the other students, in groups, on teaching assignments. You will also learn by observing and assisting other teachers — in the training and in other classes. During the period of the course we will give you practical tools to build up and feel confident in teaching a beginners’ class.